Dutch company, Ecofuels, wanted to turn biogas from organic waste into a sustainable energy source. With Pentair Biogas Upgrading Solutions, Ecofuels realized their ambition.
THE STORY OF ECOFUELS
Founded in 2006, Ecofuels is an industrial, biochemical production company, originally initiated by Dutch company Laarakker Groenteverwerking B.V., a specialist in cultivating, processing and selling vegetables, and Indaver Nederland B.V., an industrial and household waste specialist.
Laarakker Groenteverwerking grows 110,000 tons of vegetables annually on 3,500 hectares (8,650 acres) and sells them to producers of canned, frozen and juice products. Indaver Nederland is a vegetable waste management specialist that processes 400,000 tons of vegetable waste to compost each year which is sold as fertilizer to agricultural and gardening enterprises. In 2006, Ecofuels started two biogas fermenters at its premises in Well, Limburg, The Netherlands. 120.000 tons of vegetable-based material is used as a substrate to produce the biogas, which is then converted into on-site electricity. Part of this substrate comes from Laarakker’s vegetable production and the rest from external suppliers.